Therefore, the black community in Maycomb was crippled with fear. A fear that they will get lynched for a crime they did not commit. Stereotyping is a human instinct. We will always stereotype people's race, class and families. When Aunt Alexandra lived with the Finches, she said this to Scout about the Cunninghams, "Because he is trash, that's why you cant play with him.
Prejudgments are harmful because they limit the lives of the stereotyped individual and the person doing the stereotyping. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows the negative effects of stereotyping at its extreme. Many people know that stereotyping is unfair and unjust, but most do it anyway, and the main reason this is done so much is still not understood. One of the major stereotypes in this novel is the categorizing people into certain groups based on their family history. There are many ways to judge people, and Harper Lee shows some very typical stereotypes in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Atticus Finch is the one to go to her door and approach her with the bad news. After, Atticus tells Hellen the news, she is extremely upset and starts to cry. * Black community- The black community was in shock from the decision, after everything Atticus did. They knew he was innocent and this made it an even bigger tragedy. * White community- Most of the people in Maycomb think that Tom's death just shows how stupid black people are and show excitement.
Implying Negroes perceive the ability to strive yet, diminish due to the lack of formal education. On the other hand Miss Tate’s counterpart Lula, devalues the black community by confirming stereotypes. The fact Lula is out-spoken doesn’t necessarily mean she is well-spoken. Her aggressive behavior puts her loved ones at risk. Drowning in her own pool of ignorance, Lula criticizes Jem and Scout’s presence at the black church despite their relation to Atticus Finch, the one lawyer in America self-righteous enough to defend a black man.
It shows how the events of hatred towards Negros and other things going on in a small town can take away a child’s innocence so easily. Its not always that a fictional book can teach such a real lesson of good and evil just by showing things that actually happen while still be entertaining. This book certainly entertained and taught me great lessons about prejudice and the choices for better. Although I am a Christian I think this book could touch an atheist just as much, because in this earth it isn’t about belief but the strive to goodness. To be truly good you will always have to know how to make the right choices for yourself and the good of others.
From the racial prejudice used against Tom Robinson, to the economical prejudice against the Cunningham family, To Kill a Mockingbird has shown how people in Maycomb look at people. This book truly shows how the people in Maycomb Alabama are prejudice towards each other. It is very devastating that people would ever treat people like this and be prejudice like they are in this
Dolphus Raymond. He relates it to himself in the context of racism towards him and his family and identifies it as the result of the white society of Maycomb not realizing that the black society is also human and equal. Throughout the book, the society in Maycomb is shown to be a very racist community, so racist that racism has been integrated into the culture of Maycomb. In this community, the black society is hated, and suppressed by the predominantly white society. Due to this, the black community is prejudiced against and does not ever get the chance to rise in society.
People aren't willing to accept change and theirs not much you can do in the 1930's to change that because it was "sociality acceptable" not to. Racism was given to its full potential in this novel by displaying that of Tom Robinson being charged on a crime that he did not commit. He is accused of raping a white women by one of the most untrustworthy people in the town. This was just another accusation in this time but ended as most did, with the wrong outcome chosen because of social inequality. Differences in social status are explored largely through the overcomplicated social status.
The three residents of Maycomb who were most greatly affected by the thick cloud that dwells over their small town were seen by others as men who went completely against the grain. This influenced many others to not take the time to consider why the men who are so out of the ordinary are doing what they are. Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch, and Boo Radley are three men in Maycomb who very few manage to see clearly without being clouded by the fog of discrimination that lives all around them. Whether it is racism, prejudice, or a fear of the unknown, they all take their toll on Maycomb, allowing those who are innocent on all accounts to be persecuted. The amount of discrimination that many are forced to endure is at such an extreme level that it forces them to make drastic choices.
The aspect of the ‘mockingbird’ in the text occurs frequently. The topic of a mockingbird symbolizes the distorted lives of Boo Radley and Tom Robinson and there lives make the readers lose a piece of innocence through their perspectives. The children are warned that it is a “sin to kill a mockingbird because all it does is sing”. Tom Robinson is an example of a gentle person who has done no harm and only tried to help others however his life is made a mockery from the town’s people and this realization for us makes us loos the innocence we have before reading this. Additionally, Boo Radley has a distorted version of what might have been a normal life but because of his background and individual circumstances such as the knowledge that “he lives with his brother, and Miss Stephanie claims that she saw Boo Radley stab